Cover illustration: A garden party held by an aristocratic lady where Bayāḍ plays the lute and sings for his beloved Riyāḍ. From Qiṣṣat Bayāḍ wa Riyāḍ. Maghrib, 13th century. Codex Vat. Arabo 368, fol. 10r.
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Names: Sawa, George, 1947-
Title: Musical and socio-cultural anecdotes from Kitāb al-Aghānī al-Kabīr / annotated translations and commentaries by George Dimitri Sawa.
Description: Leiden : Brill, 2018. | Series: Islamic history and civilization : studies and texts, ISSN 0929-2403 ; Volume 159 | Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2018043488 (print) | LCCN 2018043623 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004383654 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004383623 (hardback : alk. paper)
Subjects: LCSH: Music–Arab countries–500-1400–History and criticism. | Abū al-Faraj al-Iṣbahānī, 897 or 898-967. Kitāb al-Aghānī.
Classification: LCC ML189 (ebook) | LCC ML189 .M87 2018 (print) | DDC 780.917/5927–dc23
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